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2010-07-02 09:45:00

A new study has found that the ethnic Tibetans' adaptation to high altitude occurred less than 3,000 years ago. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley compared the genomes of 50 Tibetans and 40 Han Chinese.  They uncovered over 30 genes with DNA mutations that have become more prevalent in Tibetans than Han Chinese, about half of which are related to how the body uses oxygen. One mutation spread from fewer than 10 percent of the Han Chinese to nearly 90 percent of all...

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2010-06-08 09:10:00

A new study pinpoints the genetic changes that enable Tibetans to thrive at altitudes where others get sick. In the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team has identified a gene that allows Tibetans to live and work more than two miles above sea level without getting altitude sickness. A previous study published May 13 in Science reported that Tibetans are genetically adapted to high altitude. Now, less than a month later, a second study by...

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2010-05-14 10:35:00

Researchers have discovered the secret of how Tibetans are able to live comfortably in rarefied air at very high altitudes. Scientists have found that Tibetans have a special genetic feature that allows them to breathe easy in higher places.  The researchers analyzed the genes of 31 Tibetans who were unrelated to each other, and compared them to the DNA of 90 Chinese and Japanese individuals living in low-lying areas. The scientists from China and the U.S. wrote in a paper published in...

2010-05-12 09:30:00

BEIJING, May 12 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- As the nation's influence continues to grow, Chinese paintings and artists should be valued and grasp the world recognition they deserve, says Feng Yuan, vice-chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circle. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100512/CNW001 ) He urged "Chinese artists to be brave enough to express their unique and outstanding views on whatever topics through their artwork". "Chinese painting, with a...

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2010-05-04 07:20:00

Graduate student David Ortega describes his research project working with professors and students in China to assess Chinese consumer preferences and willingness-to-pay for certain pork safety attributes Throughout much of the last century, China's centrally planned, closed economy made the country an insignificant player in the global trading system. Today, having gone from a sleeping giant to one of the fastest growing economies, China is considered the "poster-child" for economic growth....

2010-04-30 11:01:00

BOULDER, Colo., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- elephantjournal.com: Following the Tibet Quake, China continues to harass Tibetans. For more, elephantjournal.com: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/04/chinese-authorities-order-monks-to-cease-aid-and-leave/ elephantjournal.com: This Mother's Day, make a DIY gift of soap. For more info, please visit: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/04/natural-citrus-peel-soap-for-mothers-day/ SOURCE elephantjournal.com

2010-02-16 14:30:00

-Box office opens February 18- NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit New York City, May 20 - 23, 2010. Jointly hosted by Healing the Divide and The Tibet Center, the Dalai Lama's main activities will include a public talk and three days of Buddhist teachings, both at Radio City Music Hall. Thursday, May 20 to Saturday, May 22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. daily: His Holiness the Dalai Lama will teach for three days on two...

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2010-01-14 10:37:15

Climate scientists offer revised view of what influences water source for billions of people Harvard climate scientists suggest that the Tibetan Plateau"”thought to be the primary source of heat that drives the South Asian monsoon"”may have far less of an effect than the Himalayas and other surrounding mountains. As the monsoon brings needed rainfall and water to billions of people each year, understanding its proper origin, especially in the context of global climate change, is...

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2009-12-15 06:45:00

Black soot deposited on Tibetan glaciers has contributed significantly to the retreat of the world's largest non-polar ice masses, according to new research by scientists from NASA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Soot absorbs incoming solar radiation and can speed glacial melting when deposited on snow in sufficient quantities. Temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau -- sometimes called Earth's "third pole" -- have warmed by 0.3°C (0.5°F) per decade over the past 30 years, about...

2009-12-14 15:57:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Black soot deposited on Tibetan glaciers has contributed significantly to the retreat of the world's largest non-polar ice masses, according to new research by scientists from NASA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Soot absorbs incoming solar radiation and can speed glacial melting when deposited on snow in sufficient quantities. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau --...


Latest Tibet Reference Libraries

Tibetan Pony
2014-05-27 11:13:01

The Tibetan Pony is a breed of pony native to Tibet, once believed to be bred from ancient Mongolian stock and other Chinese breeds. Horses have been kept by wealthy locals and farmers in Tibet, as well as by the Dalai Lama and other religious figures. Some Tibetan ponies were gifts to Chinese Emperors during the Ming and Tang dynasties. They were also traded for tea from the southern Sichuan province into the late 1950s. The route traveled for this trade activity was a route between Lhasa...

Tibetan Antelope, Pantholops hodgsonii
2012-10-04 16:07:51

The Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsonii), also known as the chiru, is native to the Tibetan Plateau. Its range is nearly completely restricted to China, including Xinjiang, Tibet, and Qinghai, with a few populations occurring in Ladakh, India. This species prefers a habitat on flatlands with open areas and little vegetation. The Tibetan antelope is the sole member of its genus and holds no subspecies. Its genus name, Pantholops, means “all antelope” in Latin. There is one extinct...

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2008-05-27 16:58:34

The Lhasa Apso is a hunting breed from Tibet originally bred to guard monasteries. The breed often barked a warning to its master until the master came to check on the intruder. The breed generally stands 10 to 11 inches tall and weighs 12 to 14 pounds. The breed should have muscular legs and a tail which is carried in a tight screw over the back. The Lhasa Apso has medium sized dark brown eyes and a black nose. Its coat is double layered. The coat can be nearly any color and is generally...

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2007-08-23 03:17:19

The Onager (Equus hemionus), is a large mammal belonging to the horse family. It is native to the deserts of Syria, Iran, Pakistan, India, Israel, and Tibet. It is sometimes referred to as the half ass or Asian Wild Ass. There are six subspecies recognized, of which one is extinct and two endangered. Their range has contracted greatly under pressures of hunting and habitat loss. Onagers are a little larger than donkeys at about 640 pounds and 6.8 feet lengthwise. They are short-legged...

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2007-01-01 15:43:55

The Tibetan Macaque (Macaca thibetana), also known as Milne-Edwards' Macaque, is found in China, Tibet and Vietnam. This species lives in subtropical forests (mixed deciduous to evergreen) at altitude that range from 2,625 to 6,562 feet (800 to 2000 m). The Tibetan Macaque has a long dense brown fur with whiskers but a hairless face. The infants have silver and black fur that changes to its adult color at the age of two. Its diet consists mostly of fruit. It will also consume seeds, leaves,...

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